The Birkin bag is arguably the most coveted handbag there is. Ladies have had to wait for years just to get the chance to even buy one. If you're looking to skip the Birkin bag waitlist, we've got some good news for you. According to sources at Hermes, there is no longer a waitlist. This doesn't mean that you'll be able to walk into any Hermes store and walk out with a Birkin, but there are ways to get the bag quicker.
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Learn how to crack the code. When it comes to the Birkin bag, it's not about waiting on a list behind tons of other women. It comes down to searching for the bag you want. Birkin bags are handmade, which means there's a limited number of them available. If you're looking for a more obscure bag, it'll take longer for Hermes to track one down for you than if you're looking for something more readily available. Know this going in.
Establish a relationship with a sales associate. If a certain Hermes store team, or sales associate, knows and likes you, they'll work harder to get you a bag. Since Birkin bags can sometimes be hard to find, they can take a while to track down. Making friends who work at Hermes is an effective way to cut down your wait time.
Spend money if you can. According to Michael Tonello, author of "Bringing Home the Birkin," it usually comes down to how much money you have. If you spend money at Hermes, they're more likely to get you a bag quicker. Tonello claims he's even seen high spenders pulled aside and told they could purchase a Birkin that day if interested. So, if you have the cash, go to an Hermes store and buy a few things before asking about a Birkin.
Fake it till you make it. If you only have money for a Birkin and nothing else, pretend like you've got the money to blow. Go to an Hermes store dressed well. If you own anything Hermes, wear it. Pick up items, act like you're going to buy them, and right before you purchase, ask about a Birkin. This won't be as effective as actually spending money, but according to Tonello, it's been known to work.
If you have the extra cash and going into your local Hermes boutique hasn't worked, go online and check out an auction site. Just keep in mind that you may have to spend a little extra cash for the convenience of getting a Birkin without the wait.
Tips and warnings
- When buying luxury items on auction sites, be careful. There are a lot of counterfeit bags out there, so be cautious when buying.
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